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Moving On Up!

by RickW
(Mesa, AZ)

I got interested in UL fishing years ago. I started out with Wally World specials as it fit my budget at the time. As time went on I gradually increased my collection of UL spinning setups and started buying better gear. I got into the higher end of USDM spinning rods and reels and acquired several different outfits. I still have all of them including the Wally World special (Quantum XtraLite rod with Zebco Platinum Underspin reel) I started out with.

I continued looking for more updated information on UL spin fishing and the information is hard to come by. There aren't any publications, i.e., books, magazines, etc., that cater to UL and Finesse fishing. I have Joe Robinson's book "Piscatorial Absurdities" and that really peaked my interest in extreme ultralight spin fishing. Then I came across Chris's site here a while ago and started reading his information on the JDM style of UL fishing. Which renewed my interest further to the point that I purchased several JDM spinning rods, reels, line as well as various types of lures. Thanks Chris!

I live in Arizona and the trout fishing here is mostly stocker trout in the mountain lakes, rivers and streams. The desert lakes cater more to the LMB and catfish folks. However they do have a good population of bluegills, yellow perch, and some walleye. I enjoy going for bluegill and when it gets really hot, I head to the mountains to fish for trout.

Getting ready to retire in a couple of weeks and look forward to having a lot more time to go fishing. Especially with my new JDM gear. I am listing what I currently have here in hopes that the more experienced SUL JDM fishing experts can point me in the right direction. I want to make sure I have the right reels on the rods I currently have and that I'm using the correct line weights. I will be fishing with UL jigheads with plastics and small homemade inline spinners. I have some spoons but I have never (and I mean never) fished with them before. I also fish with mealworms on small #12 scud hooks and BB sized shot. If someone could provide some guidance with my setups I would greatly appreciate it.

Custom Built TFO 1 Weight Fly/Spin Rod 4pc / Shimano Soare CI4+ 500s/ 3# Sunline Area Meister
Daiwa Native Stream / 50TUL (Telescoping)/ Daiwa Iprimi 2004 / 4# Varivas Bush Trail
Shimano Soare / BB S700SULS / Daiwa Iprimi 2004 / 3# Sunline Area Meister
Shimano Trout One / NS S53SUL / Daiwa Luvias 2506H / 4# Sunline Troutist Wild
Tenryu Lunakia / LK6102S-MLT / Shimano Cardiff CI4+ 1000SHG / 4# Sunline Troutist Wild
Tenryu Rayz / Spectra RZS51LL / Shimano Cardiff CI4+ 1000SHG / 4# Varivas Bush Trail

I plan on pulling some of my older USDM gear out occasionally just to compare them with the newer JDM stuff. Looking forward to giving them a good workout.

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Aug 26, 2019
Nice line-up!
by: Les Albjerg

Looking forward to hearing about your fishing adventures! I like the selection of rods and reels you have put together! So are you fishing spinners, plugs, or spoons?

Sep 08, 2019
New To Me
by: RickW

I’ve fished mainly with standard ultralight spinning rods with inline spinners in the past. Occasionally I use 1/16oz jigheads with plastics. When those don’t work I go to mealworms on #12 hooks. Looking forward to using the really small jigs and plastics from Chris. Tried out the Shimano Soare about a month ago with Cultiva jigs and Eurotackle plastics and was quite successful with the bluegills at one of the desert lakes. Finally retired a couple of weeks ago so when the weather cools off a bit plan on getting out more to try out the rest of the rods and reels along with some lighter inline spinners and try using spoons. I have never used a spoon. I received several spoons from Chris and will be heading up north (Arizona mountain lakes and creeks) to try them out for trout. Scary fishing the desert lakes and rivers as you don’t know what is going to hit your lure. Bass, catfish, carp, can definitely intimidate you using expensive JDM rods with thin JDM lines. That’s why I have more than one...just in case.

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